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Parent Minute

I’m not a helicopter parent, am I?

Posted on 9/2/2016 by Greg Yoder

What’s a helicopter parent? It’s a parent who takes an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of your kids. How can you tell? Answer these questions: Can our kids make decisions without asking us what to do? Do our kids consider us their best friend? Do our kids resent our gifts and support? Are they perfectionists and only interested in credentials? If that fits, CUT THE CORD. Obviously, this won’t work for little kids, but if our kids are in college or just about to head there, practice the song: “Let it go! Let it go!” Our kids don’t need us to make all their decisions. How are they going to learn if we’re always giving them the answers? You wouldn’t do that if they were taking an exam, would you?

Suggested Reading: Psalm 127:4, John 17:18

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